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2014, May 11.  Teresita "Mama Sita" Reyes - Chef / Restaurateur

Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Sheets of 40



Se-tenant Blocks of  Four   (30,000)

10p  Mama Sita, Fruits & Vegetables, Bottled Mixes & Sauces

10p  Mama Sita, Fruits & Vegetables, Bottled Mixes & Sauces

10p  Mama Sita, Meat Products, Bottled Mixes & Sauces

10p  Mama Sita, Fresh Seafood, Bottled Mixes & Sauces


Layout Artist:  Victorino Z. Serevo


Designs:  Original Artworks by Manuel Baldemor, Famous Filipino Artist



First Day Covers:  Manila


   Phlpost Official FDC Envelope


    Privately Issued FDC       




TERESITA "MAMA SITA" REYES - Famous Chef / Restaurateur

Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes is well known for her extraordinary gift with food- cooking, incorporating, even selecting ingredients that really make our favorite food taste even better. Her mother, Dońa Engracia Reyes, is known as the “Mother of Filipino Cooking”. Through her parents, Mama Sita first learned that nothing could compare to the goodness of Filipino cooking. Her family ran the restaurant Aristocrat, which is why at an early age, her life already revolved around the world of food.

Food wasn’t her only interest. She was also very business-minded. She would wake up early in the morning and would go to markets such as Divisoria and Nepa Q-Mart to check out the items they offered. When it came to buying things, Mama Sita was number one. As soon as someone would offer her products at a discounted price, she couldn’t stop herself from buying them. From sacks of rice to a dozen cans of evaporated milk, or ten baskets of mangos, she really would not let the opportunity pass. As long as she was able to buy something, anything at all, she would go home satisfied, and with a smile on her face.

Her hard-working efforts were not only seen in her traveling to so many places just to gather delectable and reasonably priced food. It was also apparent in the kitchen, of course. She was able to come up with countless recipes and innovative ways of preparing food, due to her productive ethics. She never got tired of experimenting with different ingredients. Writing her newfound recipes and discoveries on her diaries and journals also became a hobby of hers, which lead to us finding out fascinating secrets and tips on cooking! Another thing that stood out about Mama Sita was her character. Those who were fortunate enough to have met her can still remember her laugh. They also recall how she would pick on lansones and butong pakuan, even her habit of going to places that were far, just so she could taste the food they were well known for.

Even by the mere mention of her name, we can remember so many memories and stories about her. But above all those, we must remember the real reasons behind the word “mama” in “Mama Sita”. Her relationship with food cannot be separated with her love for people. Using her talent with food, she reached out and showed everyone that you cannot separate from a Filipino his love for his own food and his own country. That’s who Mama Sita is- a conscientious businesswoman, an industrious co-worker, a loving relative, and a real mother, in every sense of the word.  (





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